Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health

Career Opportunities

Community & Trauma Counseling Program

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) are master’s-degreed mental health service providers, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. LPCs make up a large percentage of the workforce employed in community mental health centers, agencies, and organizations, and are employed within and covered by managed care organizations and health plans. LPCs also work with active duty military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) the average salary of mental health counselors in the state of Pennsylvania is $45,740.

CTC Graduate Employment Information

In 2019, 94% of the graduates who completed the CTC program Employment Survey were employed either as full-time, part-time or per diem professionals. The majority of CTC graduates are employed within community mental health agencies, others are employed in K-12 school settings, higher education counseling centers, child welfare organizations, residential treatment centers, and private practice settings.